Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Adirondack Chair - One of My Favorite Eileen Hull's Sizzix Dies!

For the month of February, the Inspiration Team is going to do a post using one of their favorite Eileen Hull Sizzix dies.  Each week there will be a collection of them over on Eileen's blog.
Today I'm using one of my favorite's -  The 3D Adirondack chair!
This die brings back so many summer time memories - and I love how much it really looks like an Adirondack chair!
When I was little, we each had our own Adirondack chair in our back yard - mine was red, Marcia's was blue, mum's was yellow and dad's was green.
I have some photos showing how I put this sweet chair together. 
It measures about  4"x4"x4".
I wanted to use the birch wrapping paper I bought at Pier 1 Imports this past Christmas season to cover my chair and wanted it on the front and back of all of the pieces because you can see all sides of the chair after it's put together. I used a sheet of Stick It on both sides of the white Little Sizzles Mat board and covered both sides with the birch paper so I didn't have to cut out each piece and glue them onto the mat board.
It worked like a charm -  you have to cut out one more of the arms piece and two more of the back slat to complete the chair
First, you adhere the slats to the back piece of the chair.

 Than you adhere that piece to the base.

There are some simple instructions on the inside of the die photo cover so be sure to save it.

You attach the arms using the top hole on the back piece of the chair and using the middle hole on the front.  (note the brads below - one is face in one is face out.

 You can see the face of the brad on the back of the arm below.

 I added a little glue along the top of the front leg to hold it to the arm of the chair.

I used a word from Eileen's new Floral Arch and Words Thinlit die set across the back of the chair.  I wanted it to say "friends' but the words in the set are friend and moments, so I die cut both words out of black fun foam - snipped the s of of moments and added it to the end of friend!

 There was a lot of space between the Paper Doll boy and the dog on the chair - so I filled it up with some small shells I picked up on Sanibel Island, FL when I was there on vacation several years ago.
 (they have the BEST shells on the beaches there!)

 View from the back

 The shells nestled on the chair.

 I was inspired to put the  vintage boy on the beach chair by a photo I have of my grandfather on the beach fully dressed and on the beach.  My uncle Charlie is the boy in black, my dad is the curly head in white - and the grown up is my Grandfather Hurll - who died before my parents were married so I never knew him.
 Here is my Grandmother Hurll, she also died before my parents married, and she too, is fully dressed on the beach - I was named after her but for some reason they called her June instead of Julia.  Uncle Charlie has a tie on in this photo and my dad has on socks and shoes. 
The photos aren't dated - but my dad was born in 1914, my uncle was 8 years older than him, so maybe he was 3 or 4 and Uncle Charlie was 11 or 12 in these photos?  So this might have been 1918 or so?  They lived in New Bedford, MA and they vacationed in a big house in Maine several summers.
 So this dapper boy and his dog could have been from the same time period!?  And could be wearing his street clothes on the beach!?!
You'll find another Adirondack chair I made 2 years ago here.
Please check out Eileen's blog all month to see what the other Inspiration Team members choose as their favorite die!

Paper:  White Little Sizzles Mat Board - Sizzix, Birch Bark wrapping paper - Pier 1 Imports.
Accessories: 3D Adirondack Chair die, Floral Arch and Words Thinlit dies - Eileen Hull/Sizzix, black fun foam, small brads, Stick It Adhesive Sheets, Idea-ology Paper Dolls, Tombow Glue, shells from the beach, foam dots.


Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

I love this Die and you have showcased it beautifully Julia, I love this project. Tracy x

Lisa H said...

I love your chair and the story behind it Julia. =)

Connie Mercer said...

I love it!!!! You do such beautiful work!!! EH is lucky to have you!!

Eileen Hull said...

I agree with Connie! This chair is amazing and I love that you also showed your family pics with it. That paper is really cool!

Redanne said...

Lol, we only had one Adirondak chair at our house and whoever got there first had the privilege of sitting in it, my brother was bigger than me.... say no more!!

Your chair looks amazing with that paper, I just love it and the boy and his dog are delightful additions. Your family photos are wonderful, times really have changed but photos evoke such lovely memories... Hugs, Anne xx

Mac Mable said...

So enjoyed reading your post and how the chair brought back memories for you. Isn't it strange to see fully clothed family on the beach but I guess it was the norm then? What a fabulous project you've created, so realistic and a fun 3D project. Thank you for sharing x

Loll said...

Oh my gosh ... that chair looks AMAZING out of the birch paper. So cool!! When I saw the little boy all dressed up I thought it was different to see that with the beach chair. But then after seeing your photos of your family, it made total sense. Especially love the picture with your uncle as a little boy, wearing a tie on the beach. They must have stopped there on their way home from church. And look at the curly hair for your dad ... he was a cutie-patutie! Thanks for sharing pictures of your family. xx

Sharli Schaitberger said...

Julia, the chair is amazing! But I really loved seeing your family photos and how you compared the time frames and all. Very, very nice! What a very special project!

Christine Alexander said...

Julia, the Birch paper is perfect. I love the neutral tones with the black and white photo of the little boy and love the family photos at the beach :) Fun project

Sara Barker said...

Oh, my, Julia! This is a treasure! I loved seeing your family photos, as well! Stay warm! Hugs!

Bonnie said...

The birch paper is so perfect for this chair, Julia! What an amazing piece! I loved reading the history of your family and seeing the old photos. This is a perfect remembrance of your ancestors!

nancy littrell said...

Such an amazing and creative adirondack beach chair, Julia. I love your family photos and story too. We have those kinds of photos too. My Dad was born in 1914 and my Mom in 1916..so all about the same era as your folks. TFS my friend. Hugs..

jdmommy - Anne Harmon said...

This is the most amazing piece of art, and how fabulous that you showed the family pictures from so long ago. Seeing the photos you took of it completed only makes me wish I could see it n person!! Awesome, as usual, as all your creations are, mf!! Hugs.

Jackie P Neal said...

Oh Julia! What an absolutely delightful make! I love the paper you used for your chair- just perfect! And that sweet little boy and seashells and...oh well- the whole piece is just darling!!
Your family photos you share are just as wonderful! Such treasures to have and so happy you have shared them!
hugs,Jackie xx

Mona Pendleton said...

Wow Julia! Fabulous projects! Love the fun 3D chair! What a work of art! Fab photos too! Thanks for the inspiration and thanks for sharing!

Susie Bentz said...

This project just makes me smile!